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The spray's the thing: how actors use perfumes to get into character
1 hour and 55 minutes ago

Playing Thatcher? Dab on Bluebell. Got a part in Hairspray? Reach for the Madame Rochas. We lift the lid on how actors use smells – from the finest fragrances to cheap tinned mackerel – to nail a role

Before I go on stage, says Michael Ball, I ask myself a question: “Do I smell nice for all the ladies and gentlemen?” The actor chooses a signature scent for each of his roles, from bay rum for the vengeful barber Sweeney Todd to his mum’s favourite Madame Rochas for Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad.

Ball’s not alone in deploying scent to to get beneath a character’s skin. Anne-Marie Duff has a fragrance for each role too. “If ever I smell that perfume on somebody else,” she has said, “it will remind me of a story I’ve told.” Nikki Amuka-Bird, meanwhile, says she “uses aromatherapy oils – lavender for characters with a slow tempo, ylang ylang for sensuous characters”.

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Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 11/19-11/20/2017
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Hottest Articles on from this weekend Monday, November 20, 2017 - Monday, November 20, 2017.

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New Block of Tickets Now Available for THE BAND'S VISIT Through September 2018
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Producers announced today that a new block of tickets for the The Best Musical Of The Year Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal, The Band's Visit will go on sale on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1000am ET for performances through Sunday, September 2, 2018. Featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek, a book by Itamar Moses, based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and directed by David Cromer, THE BAND'S VISIT opened on Broadway on Thursday, November 9, 2017, to the best reviews of the season, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street

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Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: November 20
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Janet Dacal, Judy Gold, Brandon Uranowitz Are Part of November 20 Votes for Women Reading
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Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs the evening as part of the Project Shaw series.

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Read the Reviews for the Broadway-Bound Mean Girls Musical’s World Premiere
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Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin’s stage adaptation of the 2003 comedy opened November 19 in Washington, D.C.

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